Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate (2014–)
- May 2014: Mercedes-Benz unveils new C-Class Estate
- June 2014: C-Class Estate prices revealed
- September 2014: Mercedes C63 AMG Estate unveiled
- August 2017
- August 2018: Revised AMG C 63 goes on sale
Mercedes-Benz unveils new C-Class Estate
The dimensions of the new C-Class Estate have grown considerably. With an 80mm increase in the wheelbase (2840mm) compared with the previous model, the vehicle is 96mm longer (4702mm) and 40mm wider (1810mm). The resulting increase in space primarily benefits the rear-seat passengers who now enjoy 45mm more legroom. There is also more shoulder room, elbow room and headroom than in the previous model.
The sporty rear of the new C-Class Estate provides a maximum load capacity of 1510 litres. It thus surpasses its predecessor by ten litres. The load compartment volume behind the rear seats has increased by five litres to 490 litres.
Variability and consequently functionality also increase significantly. The rear seats now have a 40/20/40 split instead of the 60/ 40 split in the predecessor. Practical details ensure that the load compartment is even more versatile and easier to use, and as a result it can be conveniently tailored to the driver’s need. The rear-seat backrests can be unlocked and folded electrically at the push of a button to create an enlarged and level load compartment.
The touchpad in the new C-Class Estate developed by Mercedes-Benz marks an evolutionary step. As on a smartphone, all the head-unit functions can be operated using finger gestures. The control surface of the touchpad is built into the handrest on the central control panel and bordered by a high-quality metal support.
The diesel models of the new C-Class are powered by the further advanced four-cylinder or the new small four-cylinder engine, which as BlueTEC models are all equipped with SCR technology (selective catalytic reduction). They cover an output range from 115PS to 204PS.
In addition, Mercedes-Benz offers a diesel engine combined with a hybrid module. The C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid with four-cylinder diesel engine and compact electric motor generates a power output of 204PS + 27PS and despite its high power output delivers 74mpg in combined mode.
Three BlueDirect four-cylinder petrol engines and one BlueDirect six‑cylinder petrol engine with power outputs ranging from 156PS to 333PS will initially be available for the new C-Class. The four-cylinder C 350 Hybrid with plug-in technology and a power output of 208PS + 67PS will follow in due course.
C-Class Estate customers will have a choice of two versions of the standard-specification steel suspension, which includes a sporty set-up. As an alternative, Mercedes-Benz, for the first time, offers an air suspension in this segment. The AirMATIC air suspension manages to bridge the gap between a high level of ride comfort and dynamic-agile handling. AirMATIC also features all-round self-levelling for optimum ride comfort even with the vehicle loaded.
C-Class Estate prices revealed
Starting the range is the C200 petrol engine, producing 184PS and emitting 128g/km of CO2. Priced at £28,055 (a £1,200 premium over the Saloon), the C200 is available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Two diesel engines – the 220 BlueTEC and the 250 BlueTEC – produce 170PS and 204PS and emit from 108g/km and 117g/km of CO2 respectively. The 220 BlueTEC – available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox - starts from £30,565 OTR while the 250 BlueTEC (available with a seven-speed automatic gearbox only) is priced from £33,220 OTR.
Two further engines – a C 200 BlueTEC diesel and the C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID – will join the range later in the year. Linked to each engine range is the choice of three model lines – SE, Sport and AMG Line. In addition there are four option packages – the Executive Package (£995 and available on the SE) which comprises the Garmin Map Pilot navigation system, heated front seats and chrome (rather than black) roof rails.
The Premium Package adds a panoramic glass sunroof, Keyless-Go, the ambient lighting system and the electric seat memory package. The Premium Plus Package adds the mighty Burmester surround sound system and COMAND Online. The packages cost £1,595 and £2,795 respectively.
Further options include the Driving Assistance Package (£1,495 available on the Sport and AMG Line models) which incorporates the Blind Spot Assist, Distronic Plus, Lane-Keeping Assist and the Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system.
The AirMATIC Agility Package (£895) allows the suspension on the C-Class Estate to self-level and be raised by 25mm when required as well as varying to allow different damping characteristics. The Air-Balance package, meanwhile, allows a fragrance to be diffused around the interior of the car via a small container found in the glovebox.
|Model||Transmission||Power (hp)||Torque (Nm)||Economy (MPG)||
|200 petrol – 1991cc||Six-speed manual or 7-speed automatic||184||300||51.4||128||£28,055|
220 BlueTEC, diesel 2143cc
|Six-speed manual or 7-speed automatic||170||400||65.7||108||£30,565|
250 BlueTEC, diesel 2143cc
Mercedes C63 AMG Estate unveiled
The new C63 AMG adds an all-new 4.0-litre biturbo engine to endow it with phenomenal performance while unique, three-stage adjustable dampers and a bespoke steering setup allow it to retain the agility that made the model it replaces the most popular AMG ever created.
Every C63 AMG is fitted with 245/40 R18 (front) and 265/40 R18 (rear) tyres while the ‘S’ model gains 245/35 R19 (front) and 265/35 R19 (rear) tyres. A new braking system uses 390 mm discs at the front and 360 mm at the rear with the option of enhanced ceramic discs available for track-orientated driving.
The C63 AMG produces 476PS and, in C63 S AMG guise, 510PS. It’s nearly a third more efficient than the engine it replaces yet, in ‘S’ form, produces more power and emits less CO2– now from 192 g/km. A heavily revised version of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission features on the C63 AMG - now with significantly quicker shift times to improve responses. The C 63 S AMG Estate accelerates from rest to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and is limited to a maximum top speed of 155 mph.
Mercedes Benz C350e petrol plug-in hybrid introduced with 210HP turbo petrol 1,991cc engine and 82HP electric motor. 0-60 in 5.7 seconts, top speed limited to 155mph, 48g/km CO2 and 134.5 mpg on the unrealistic 11 kilometre New European Drive Cycle. 6.2kWh Lithium Ion battery. Chargemaster home wall charging socket available for £280. Airmatic air suspension is standard.
Revised AMG C 63 goes on sale
The Estate is available from £67,629. The AMG C 63 uses AMG’s hand-built 4.0-litre V8 ‘hot V’ biturbo petrol engine which generates 476PS or 510PS for S models.
For the first time the C 63 now comes with an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9G transmission (previously 7G), which has been specially designed for shorter shift times. A wet start-off clutch continues to replace the torque converter, ultimately saving weight and optimising throttle response.
AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping adjustment and an electronically controlled rear-axle limited-slip differential are now standard on all C 63 models. The C 63 S also comes as standard with dynamic engine mounts, combining comfort with dynamic performance by reducing vibrations in the engine/transmission unit.
The C 63 Estate can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds (C 63 S: 4.2 seconds). The standard C 63 has an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph, while all C 63 S models can reach 180 mph (174 mph for the Estate and Cabriolet).
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, performance exhaust, Multibeam LED headlights, 12.3-inch digital cockpit display, 10.25-inch central display, Comand Online, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, keyless start, wireless phone charging and memory seats. The C 63 S adds nine-stage AMG traction control, AMG Track Pace, AMG performance seats and 19-inch alloy wheels.
For £2595 customers can opt for the Premium Plus equipment line which includes Burmester surround sound system, panoramic sunroof (not available on Cabriolet), 360° camera and Keyless-Go Comfort package.
The Driving Assistance package costs £1695 and includes Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, BAS Plus with Cross-traffic Assist, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection and Pre-Safe Plus. AMG’s high-performance ceramic braking system can be added for £4285.